Make an Artist a Millionaire Phase 1 (2009-present)

A multi-phase project designed to allow me to practice art full time, and to contribute to a discussion about the financialization of art. Donate by sending money to thedannelson[at]protonmail.com at Paypal.com or to @thedannelson at Venmo.

Phase 1 involved soliciting a donation of $1 from one million people. As with the symbolism of the million dollars, the single dollar would be a vote of confidence in the worthiness of my cause. Ultimately MAAAM is primarily about money as a tool to buy time, and I foresaw a simple response: “of course artists should use their time only to make art, and my donation of an almost zero amount of money will buy back time for this artist.”

“Make An Artist A Millionaire” – self-portrait with a negotiable…

“Make An Artist A Millionaire” – phase 1

“Make An Artist A Millionaire”

“Make An Artist A Millionaire” postcards

“Make An Artist A Millionaire” – a contributor

“Make An Artist A Millionaire” signage